Monday, July 31, 2017

REMEMBERING CHARLES HIRES

Who died this date in 1937 and...

Charles Elmer Hires (August 19, 1851 – July 31, 1937) was an early promoter of commercially prepared root beer. He was a Quaker pharmacist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who formulated the eponymous Hires Root Beer beverage.

At age 12 he worked as a drugstore boy. When he was 16 he moved to Philadelphia and worked in a pharmacy. He saved until he had nearly $400, when he started his own drugstore. Read more here...then go have a Root Beer Float, made of course with vanilla ice cream AND... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Elmer_Hires

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE A 1947 AD FOR HIRES ROOT BEER.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PUTNAM THANKS CROTON'S FRANZOSO CONTRACTING ETAL.

From the Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County FB page: We are officially done with the Brush with Kindness project in Lake Carmel and just wanted to thank all the volunteers and local businesses that helped make this happen. Thank you Franzoso Contracting Inc. for installing a new roof and helping with the soffits, thank you Antonio Cangianni Inc. for fixing the outlets and bathroom fan, and thank you Wolf Home Products for the composite decking. Read and see more here http://bit.ly/2vjt0e5

PART 2: BACK 2 SCHOOL, A NOSTALGIC LOOK AT SHOPPING, SCHOOLS & MORE IN CROTON 1970, 1972, 1977, 1979 & 1981

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

PART 2: BACK 2 SCHOOL, A NOSTALGIC LOOK AT SHOPPING, SCHOOLS & MORE IN CROTON 1970, 1972, 1977, 1979 & 1981

And of course your editor just had to throw in some vintage lunch boxes--1960's--from recent auctions at Croton's SeriousToyz.com too (because once upon a time, we ALL had lunchboxes at some point)! Click on the images below.

SEE PART 1 (1983) HERE  https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/part-1-back-2-school-nostalgic-look-at.html

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY "A LOOK BACK AT CROTON'S TEACHERS"  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/05/a-look-back-at-crotons-teachers-part-one.html

Saturday, July 29, 2017

MORE JULY 2017 ADVENTURES WITH ROB AND MONICA

And now the continuing adventures of Rob and Monica---as always, they have found some neat things--including this vintage NASA Kennedy Space Center postcard...click on the photo....and now...

Our July Three-Day Weekend - 7/28/17 - We are still a little behind on our blogging but we are getting real close to being caught up. We will be soon!

The second weekend in July was a three-day weekend for us as we took a vacation day on Friday. We just had our first two 90 degree days of July (we had 90 degree days in June) but the weather got cool on Friday and it would be a comfortable weekend for saling. There were two sales of interest to us and we were ready to go...and so, we did
! Read more and see 30 plus photos here http://ouradventuresamongsttheducks.blogspot.com/2017/07/our-july-three-day-weekend.html

UMAMI HAS SOLD, NEW OWNERS

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton -- our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools -- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Umami has been sold to a Cortlandt buyer/chef--it will remain open--and its lease has been extended--"Bill Hagen is a local resident, a trained Chef and has been a customer for 12 years. He intends to maintain the Umami name, the menu and staff. He has a number of exciting ideas to offer our Croton customers, he begins his management on August 1st." READ MORE HERE http://bit.ly/2u84ebW

REMEMBERING DAVID NIVEN

Who died this date in 1983....we loved him as the bishop in THE BISHOP'S WIFE--as the explosives expert in THE GUNS OF NAVARONE with Gregory Peck...in THE PINK PANTHER and more...

Read about Niven and see additional vintage postcards from our friends at European Filmstar postcards: http://bit.ly/2tLyOst

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY:
--REMEMBERING GREGORY PECK http://bit.ly/2u2SE2h
--THE BISHOP'S WIFE 1947 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI_Qgdaqmo 

SENASQUA PARK UPGRADE

Courtesy of the Croton United FB page - Deputy Mayor Bob Anderson visited Senasqua Park (click on the photo) to see the improvements, including new playground equipment and fencing to separate the park from the boat basin.

In a nod to Henry Hudson’s visit to the area in 1609, the playground equipment has a cut-out which looks like the Half Moon...READ AND SEE MUCH MORE HERE http://bit.ly/2uHyPkj

FOR MORE ABOUT CROTON UNITED, CHECK OUT THEIR VIDEO, "WHAT IS CROTON UNITED?"--click on the link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/crotonunited/videos/?ref=page_internal

Or visit their website http://www.crotonunited.org/

FOR A LITTLE SENASQUA PARK HISTORY:
--FROM 1977  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/1977-croton-council-on-arts-3rd-annual.html
--MIGRATING MONARCHS AT SENASQUA http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/10/migrating-monarchs-senasqua-in-croton.html
--2015 SUNRISE EASTER SERVICE AT SENASQUA http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/03/2015-croton-interfaith-sunrise-easter.html

Friday, July 28, 2017

YES IT'S TRUE---THE EAGLE HAS LANDED…IN CROTON

The bald eagle population in NY has hit a 41 year high, and the outlook in Croton is for even more eagles in the future.

Croton resident Rob Armanini of Feed The Birds reports that around 8-10 eagles are in the Croton area, and he says that number is likely to improve: “Sort of like wandering teenagers, eagles roam widely but tend to return to their natal territory. This is why NY State had a decades-long effort to bring baby eagles from Alaska and raise them on artificial platforms. As those eagles mature, they come home to what they regard as their birthplace in New York.”

Croton Mayor Schmidt noted that bringing the bald eagle back from the brink of extinction in New York has been a result of many people working for many years, beginning with federal legislation to ban DDT back in 1972 and...read more here http://tiny.cc/hykqmy


SEE MORE EAGLE NEWS HERE, INCLUDING PHOTOS FROM RECENT EAGLEFESTS AND MUCH MORE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/nysdec-reports-eagles-in-ny-state-are.html

JULY 2017 UPDATE: WHITE NOSE SYNDROME, BATS

As you know, Everything Croton has been following the devastating bat disease--white nose syndrome--for years. Here's a July 2017 update to this year's post  http://bit.ly/2u4wtIJ

For those on GYPSY MOTH watch, here's the latest http://bit.ly/2twFfC0

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN...BEWARE THE GIANT HOGWEED  http://bit.ly/2w6fDdK

THE BISCHOFFS, CROTON DELICATESSEN & PASTRY, A.K.A. GERMAN MIKE'S, ARE RETIRING

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Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton -- our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools -- in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

After 39 years--more or less--and baking thousands of apple turnovers, strudels and more--Mike's German Deli a.k.a. Croton Delicatssen & Pastry is closing. While Mike and Annelie Bischoff have many fond memories of the village, they are looking forward to spending their retirement with friends, family and traveling. You can read their letter to the community in this week's Gazette.

In honor of the Bischoffs, a stroll down memory lane:

--From the 1980's, when they first opened http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2016/01/mid-1980s-from-germany-to-croton-deli.html

--Mike's "German" gingerbread houses at Christmas http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/12/looking-for-hand-crafted-gingerbread.html 

LEONARD LANDY, "OUR GANG" ACTOR, DIES AT 84

It's no secret--we loved the OUR GANG series a.k.a. THE LITTLE RASCALS....in all its cast incarnations...

LEONARD LANDY, "OUR GANG" ACTOR, DIES AT 84

Leonard Landy, best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,” died Wednesday. He was 84. Often recognized for his freckled face and big ears, Landy appeared in 21 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, debuting in “Feed ‘Em and Weep” in 1938 and culminating with “Fightin’ Fools” in 1941. READ MORE HERE http://variety.com/2017/tv/obituaries-people-news/leonard-landy-died-dead-our-gang-little-rascals-1202508793/

AND HERE'S YOUR EDITOR'S "LITTLE RASCALS" FLICKR SET  https://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/albums/72157663832637236

REMEMBERING GEORGE "SPANKY" MCFARLAND  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/06/remembering-george-spanky-mcfarland-of.html

OUR GANG SURVIVING MEMBERS DICKIE MOORE AND JEAN DARLING http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/09/our-gang-surviving-members-dickie-moore.html 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

64TH ANNIVERSARY, THE END OF THE KOREAN WAR

July 27th marks the end of the Korean War--today is the 64th anniversary of the "forgotten war". Read more about those from Croton who served--and some who paid the ultimate price: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/croton-and-62nd-anniversary-of-end-of.html

A 2017 UPDATE FROM HOLY NAME'S FAIR TRADE MINISTRY

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AND NOW A WORD FROM HOLY NAME OF MARY'S FAIR TRADE (& Equal Exchange) COFFEE MINISTRY; click on the photo for all the details.

If you'd like to help, contact info is provided within.

'MORE TIME OUT EAST' WITH ROB & MONICA AMONGST THE DUCKS

Rob and Monica have sure been busy as they continue the quest for those sometimes elusive vintage treasures. Check out the latest installment at their blog--OUR ADVENTURES AMONGST THE DUCKS--and now....

MORE TIME OUT EAST....over 40 snaps---including some outstanding vintage records (click on the photo), a killer vintage circus-themed linoleum floor, memorabilia from the 1939 World's Fair---and much much more...Read about and see it all here  http://bit.ly/2tFWOwY

REMEMBERING TONY MARTIN

Who died this date in 2012--Tony Martin (born Alvin Morris; December 25, 1913 – July 27, 2012) was an American actor and singer. His career spanned over seven decades, and he scored dozens of hits between the late-1930s and mid-1950s with songs such as Walk Hand in Hand and Stranger in Paradise. He was married to actress and dancer Cyd Charisse for 60 years until her death in 2008.  Read more about him here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Martin_(American_singer)

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN:
--EUROPEAN FILMSTAR POSTCARDS, CYD CHARISSE  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/02/imported-from-usa-cyd-charisse.html
--CROONERS: YOUR EDITOR'S FLICKR ALBUM http://bit.ly/2rdPG9L

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

MORE NEWS FROM CROTON LANDING IN AUGUST OF 1891

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MORE NEWS FROM CROTON LANDING IN AUGUST OF 1891, courtesy of an Everything Croton elve. Click on the images below.

Additional news from August 1891 here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/12/news-from-croton-landing-august-1891.html

LOOKING FOR "FAIR TRADE"?

A reader comments: I'm surprised there isn't much in the way of fair trade products being sold in Croton. Back in the city, we had lots of opportunities like this.

Well...to the reader...you are not in the city any more. That being said, Croton had two businesses that provided an extensive array of fair trade items here in the village as recently as a few years ago--both did not survive.  However, there are still periodic fair trade opportunities:

--THE HOLY NAME OF MARY FAIR TRADE MINISTRY: Once a month throughout the year (except in the summer) fair trade/equal exchange coffee, tea, and chocolates are sold in the Parish Center after all masses. The sales will start again in the fall. You can read the ministry's 2013-2014 report here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-2013-2014-fair-tradeequal-exchange.html

--FAIR TRADE TOTE BASKETS FROM WEST AFRICA, available at Sunshine & Clover  https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1402199213192801&id=413739138705485

--More and more local supermarkets are offering products that are branded "fair trade" or "responsibly sourced". Be on the look-out if this is your preference.  Fair trade products are also sold periodically at other local church fairs and sales.

MORE FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC. FROM EVERYTHING CROTON

An oldie but goodie--an outstanding item from a past auction at Croton's own SeriousToyz.com -- from the 1950's, the Superior (T. Cohen) Service Station "Superior Service Station” #736. Came complete with box, minty, and sold for over $274.00--Wonderful graphics. 

It's followed by a fabulous bit of vintage made in Japan Christmas ktisch...
Santa Claus in chimney--with "putz-abilities"--he's followed by a fabulous photo of silent screen actress Nita Naldi from 1922...

Click on the photos and enjoy.

For those of us who do Halloween displays--now's the time to start crafting: 

WELCOME TO SPOOK HILL, TEMPLATES, PATTERNS, PUTZ HOUSES, HALLOWEEN VILLAGE, TRAINS AND MORE http://bit.ly/2uwydxK

We've been having so much fun going through this paper modelling site: http://papermau.blogspot.com/

BY SPECIAL REQUEST: cardboard putz gazebo template/pattern http://bit.ly/2eMSRV1

12 ITALIAN MOVIE STAR POSTCARDS FROM THE 1950'S AND OUR FRIENDS AT EFSP--includes a very pretty Lauren Bacall  http://bit.ly/2tyUc8n  

And for fans of 1950 to 1960 Christmas lighting: https://oldchristmastreelights.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=11

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ASBURY METHODIST'S HISTORIC SUNDAY TO BE HELD ON 8/20

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SAVE THE DATE: Asbury Methodist Church will celebrate its annual HISTORIC SUNDAY on August 20th at 10 am in the Bethel Chapel. Summer Sunday services in August (Including Labor Day weekend) will also be held at this location. 

For those who don't know, the Bethel Chapel is surrounded by the historic Bethel Cemetery (click on the photo). It was built in the early 1790's on land donated by Phillip Van Cortlandt. The chapel and cemetery are listed on the NYS Register of Historic Places and in the National Registry. On Historic Sunday, many church members dress up in period costume and hold a "historically driven" service.

YOU MAY ALSO HAVE AN INTEREST IN:

--2016 PHOTOS FROM HISTORIC SUNDAY, COURTESY OF ASBURY, featuring Doreen Picker as Mrs. Delezine, mistress of the Ferry House https://www.facebook.com/AsburyCrotonUMC/posts/1071860902868174


--2015 PHOTOS FROM HISTORIC SUNDAY COURTESY OF YOUR EDITOR  FEATURING AMONG OTHERS, THE LATE BILL LAEMMEL http://bit.ly/1JrhrNi

--2014 PHOTOS FROM HISTORIC SUNDAY COURTESY OF YOUR EDITOR  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/08/photos-from-2014-asbury-methodist.html

--OUTSTANDING PHOTO FIND COURTESY OF CROTON HISTORY & MYSTERIES--Bethel Cemetery Gateway, circa 1860-1870 -Although you’d never guess it from looking at the driveway on Old Albany Post Road, during the time of the Civil War worshippers and mourners visiting Bethel Cemetery and Chapel would have entered the property through this quaint wooden gateway. READ AND SEE MORE HERE http://crotonhistory.org/2014/08/30/bethel-cemetery-gateway/

1920, AN INTERVIEW WITH CROTON'S LENORE ULRIC

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More on one of Croton's most famous residents....An Everything Croton elve discovered this neat 1920 article on Lenore Ulric. Click on the images below. 

For more on Ulric, see: https://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/07/from-1922-crotons-lenore-ulric-in-david.html

4TH OF JULY WITH ROB & MONICA

Fourth of July Weekend with Rob and Monica--and their love of the hunt---there's a very cool mid-century modern lamp, the ubiquitous pink bathroom, The Kirby Stone Four at The Playboy Club and more (click on the photo) . Read and see more here http://bit.ly/2tVLcVW

And for those who don't know: The Kirby Stone Four were an American vocal ensemble popular in the 1950s and early 1960s. Stone founded the group in the years after World War II and began playing clubs in the New York area. They won slots on local television, including The Ed Sullivan Show, and soon after signed to Columbia Records--read more here http://bit.ly/2gYX9cr

And speaking of mid-century modern bathrooms--and in case you missed it--THE 1962 BATHROOM--and additional links http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/08/more-mid-century-modern-fun-1962.html

Monday, July 24, 2017

JULY 2017, OSPREYS ARE BACK!

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Yes, the Ospreys are back at the parking lot cell tower---another year, another occupied nest! Click on the photo.  SEE MORE FROM 2015 HERE:

2015 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/05/ospreys-nesting-again-parking-lot.html

MORE 2015  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/08/83015-update-on-osprey-nest-in-croton.html

THE ART OF BOB PEAK

Yep, we love mid-century modern--and illustrators too. Check out a photo album, courtesy of James Vaughn, featuring THE ART OF BOB PEAK (yes he did the 1967 poster for IN LIKE FLINT, click on the image).

SEE MORE OF BOB PEAK'S ART HERE https://www.flickr.com/photos/x-ray_delta_one/albums/72157633489735528

READ MORE ABOUT PEAK HERE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Peak

YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY:
--THE ART OF SYD MEAD http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-art-of-syd-mead.html
--GOLDFINGER!  http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2015/07/goldfinger-one-of-our-favorite-blogs.html
--AND IF YOU ENJOY THE ESTATE SALE HUNT, check out ROB & MONICA'S quest for all things mid-century modern at their blog OURADVENTURESAMONGSTTHEDUCKS.BLOGSPOT.COM

MORE FROM THE EVERYTHING CROTON MAILBOX

Q: Anything new on the Nappy property on Benedict? After all, the blanket rezoning of the area was supposed to get us all these great shops and make it easy for an owner to turn a profit. All I see now is a chain link fence and nothing happening. Also do they pay less taxes now that it is just an empty lot?

A: AS OF APRIL 2017--it was announced at a previous board meeting that the current (still???) owner had abandoned plans to develop it because he saw no way to make the building profitable. It is allegedly back on the market in its current state. As always you should direct your questions to proponents of the re-zoning, at least those who still live here, (and who also brought you the Dairy Mart construction), consult the planning board records, check the village's meeting minutes, etc. You can also read more about the site (yes, all the way to 2014) http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/08/nappys-has-been-sold-11-unit-3-story.html

As for your tax question, you should direct it to the Village Manager, Janine King jking@crotononhudson-ny.gov

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Q: I wish we had a place in town where we can get children's books, crafting items, educational, that sort of thing. Do you know if there are any plans to open up this kind of business in town?  A hobby store would be nice.


A: Actually there are plenty of places in the village already:

--FEED THE BIRDS has an entire back room dedicated to such pursuits; click on the link http://bit.ly/2eH7yc1


--SUNSHINE & CLOVER, lots of crafting and artsy items, https://www.facebook.com/Sunshine-Clover-413739138705485/

--THE CROTON FREE LIBRARY, get your "card" today http://www.crotonfreelibrary.org/

--As for a hobby store, the village had one: GALLIMODS II; it was not supported and closed just a few short years ago. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A LOOK BACK AT JANUARY 1960 IN CROTON-ON-HUDSON

Welcome to Everything Croton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.

Courtesy of the outstanding archIves maintained by the volunteers of THE CROTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY....A Look Back at January 1960 in Croton...click on the mages below and enjoy...

You may also have an interest in more Croton in the 1960's http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2014/02/vintage-croton-garden-club-circa-1960s.html